Happy 14th birthday to deviantART!!! I didn't get to join in the festivities last year so I decided I should celebrate this year along with the rest of the community. Especially since deviantART has definitely helped me grow in my artistic endeavors. Since joining, I have gone from doing quick sketches with pencil and paper to pushing myself with digital art. Every step of the way I've had people encouraging me to "keep up the good work."
I started sharing just random sketches, stuff that really only meant something to myself. When I started to share fan art from the popular video game series Mass Effect, I started to attract some attention. My first really well received deviation was a comic strip I had started years before but never did anything with until I joined deviantART.
The Mass Effect deviations are what have drawn the most deviants to my profile. Even with this fact, I wasn't going to limit myself to doing just Mass Effect fan art, not when there was so much I wanted to share.
For myself, deviantART is a safe place to share art of any kind, no matter the style or quality, and is also a place to receive and give encouragement. Everyone needs a safe place to share what they have created.
Not only has deviantART been a place to share artwork both old and new that normally no one would get to see, it has also helped me in developing my artistic skills and giving me a place push and test myself. "Clyde n Owen", a comic series that started here, has helped with learning how to work with meeting self imposed deadlines. Even though I occasionally fall short, I have been learning how to, slowly, overcome laziness and procrastination and finnish a project that I have started. "Clyde n Owen" has been the best result of this learning curve.
Since I started working with a digital art tablet, my skills have significantly increased and continue to grow with each new piece I complete.
Though I have developed my own unique style, I continue to push myself to see what I am capable of doing, learning all the way. Not every piece receives the same amount of feed back but that doesn't matter. What matters most is that I am pleased with what I have accomplished. I don't share for the comments, favs, or watches. I share because I want to and you never know what might inspire someone else.
Most of what I share is for myself yet I don't neglect those that have chosen to watch me. Most watch for the Mass Effect fan art I share and sometimes I will put everything I've learned into one amazing piece for the fans.
I can honestly say that, without deviantART, I wouldn't be where I am today artistically. A safe place to share, to give and receive encouragement, and to learn new skills. That is what deviantART is all about for me. I've only been a member for a couple of years and in those few years I have grown so much.
So thanks, deviantART!!!
Thanks to all it's members! Thanks to everyone who watches this little artist who goes by "fakefrogs"!
Happy 14th B-Day!!! Have some cake!